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A limitless escape to fictional lands

THERE was a bright light overhead. Unfamiliar noises made me feel claustrophobic and I just wanted to curl up, back into that dark room. Something picked me up, placed me on a cold metal tray and then wrapped me, before placing me into my mother’s arms.

Complete. That’s how my parents felt as they held me. This is too overwhelming.

The day I was born. June 5, 2004. That’s my special day. There were a lot of strange faces staring into my eyes over the next few days, their hands stroking my hair.

My parents named me Simone Louise Kane. Simone means “hearing one” which is a bit absurd because I am deaf. According to the internet, Louise means “famous warrior,” which I like because I think I am strong but I’m not exactly famous.

I like to think of my name as a number. My number would be 98, and it is nearly perfect but not quite. I also match my name to a color sometimes, the color of my aura; burgundy. This is me: the “hearing” warrior, strong willed and a survivor. Although I’m not quite sure what I’m surviving.

My life flows like a piano piece, building towards a crescendo, then quieting to a steady beat. My head rings with the constant din of assignments — Science, English, Math, Humanities, Science, English. In the spaces in between, I like to relax with a movie or get lost in a novel. I escape reality, entering fictional lands where anything is possible and where dreams take flight. A world in which I can extend my angel-like wings and fly into space. A world that makes me feel limitless and untethered as I discover new horizons. Just like Christopher Columbus.


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